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Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

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The great South African leader and defender of equality Nelson Mandela has died at 95.

South African President Jacob Zuma announced the sad news:

"He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20.50pm on the fifth of December 2013,” Zuma said. "He is now resting, he is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew this day would come nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion, and his humanity earned him their love. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family. To them we owe a debt of gratitude. They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free..."

The world has lost one of its bravest souls and greatest champions of freedom. May his legacy continue to inspire new generations.

Obama's statement:

The Human Rights Campaign mourned Mandela's passing:

“Nelson Mandela tore down oppression, united a rainbow nation, and always walked arm-in-arm with his LGBT brothers and sisters—and with all people—toward freedom," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "Though every man, woman and child who seeks justice around the world mourns this loss, his vision of an equal future lives on undimmed."

Mandela, who was South Africa’s first post-Apartheid president, was an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality. He appointed an openly-gay judge to South Africa's High Court of Appeal and during his presidency, South Africa became the first nation in the world to constitutionally prohibit sexual orientation-based discrimination. Mandela will be remembered for his social justice activism and commitment to equality for all people.


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Happy Birthday Nelson Mandela: VIDEO

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On his 95th birthday, the South African leader Nelson Mandela has made "remarkable progress" in recovering from a lung infection, his daughter tells Sky News.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

The NYT adds:

The assessment contrasted with weeks of concern among South Africans and across the globe that Mr. Mandela might not recover from a lung infection that forced him into the hospital for the fourth time in a year on June 8. Previously the authorities had described his condition as “critical but stable.”

Mr. Mandela’s birthday was also marked by Mandela Day, when schools across the land paid tribute to the former president at morning assemblies and many organizations asked supporters to volunteer 67 minutes of their time to mark his 67 years of public service.

In a statement, President Jacob Zuma wished Mr. Mandela a happy birthday on Thursday and, using the former president’s clan name, said: “Madiba remains in hospital in Pretoria but his doctors have confirmed that his health is steadily improving.”

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Portuguese team captain Cristiano Ronaldo met Nelson Mandela at Mandela's residence in Johannesburg today on the eve of the World Cup there.

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"Nkosi Mandela said his grandfather would be on hand to greet the crowd at the Soccer City Stadium, but that he wouldn't stay for the entirety of the opening game between South Africa and Mexico. He told a press conference: "The current discussion is that we afford him time to come in whether it is ten minutes or 15 minutes to walk around the stadium and wave at the crowd. 'But I think to have him sit there an entire 90 minutes of soccer would really impact his state of health because it is winter after all, so we have to guard against that. As South Africans we wish him to live for many more years to come.' The 91-year-old played a pivotal role in bringing the World Cup to South Africa but has made limited public appearances recently. However, he did meet the South Africa squad last week."


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